Everything about Travelers, eh?

Comments and queries for the week of February 1

The season finale [of Travelers] destroyed my good mood. I do not want to even watch anything else today on Netflix. I always laughed at people for whining about disappointing TV show finales, but now I understand. This was the worst TV experience of my life. WTF just happened? —Abrakadabra

This is what I don’t like in those series. You get so involved in it and then they just stop it. No fair at all. This is really a good show. I hope it will come back. —Lucimar

I am keen to find out the name of the actress portraying Mary’s sister on Mary Kills People and would love to know her past roles as I can’t place where I’ve seen her before. Love the show! —Sandi

Mary’s sister is played by Charlotte Sullivan, who most recently appeared on Rookie Blue as Gail Peck and Chicago Fire as Anna Turner.

I know they’ve said [Burden of Truth] is filmed in Winnipeg, but where exactly in Winnipeg is this filmed?! —Michael

Burden of Truth was filmed in Selkirk, Manitoba.


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Link: Women Behind Canadian TV: Ashley Park

From Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies:

Link: Women Behind Canadian TV: Ashley Park
“But writers are writers. You put a bunch of freaks (I say this lovingly), chuck them into one place, put a lot of money and not enough time on the line, and magic happens. Both teams were full of very smart, very funny people and being in the trenches with them made for a job that always put a smile on my face. I think a lot of that has to do with leadership and the culture set from the top down.” Continue reading.


Comments and queries for the week of December 29

1. Why did the director not intervene to prevent the “travelers” program from being made public?

2. If Philip was given memories of the now altered timeline, and his knowledge his knowledge is once again quiet “historically” accurate—accurate enough to know the moment Carly was going to beat her husband to death—how is he not aware of the travelers program being made public?

I hope the writers can explain this and still maintain the internal logic of the show. Can’t wait for Season 3. —Fissile

Seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised if [Travelers] gets cancelled. During the second season, it took a similar way as Person of Interest in its third and fourth season. Instead of concentrating on fixing the future, our travelers have to fight against personal problems and two major enemies, the Faction and Mr. Ingram. Which led to about eight more or less mediocre episodes in Season 2, where I seriously asked myself if the writer’s team was constantly on vacation because they did so good on Season 1. Now the last three or four episodes got some drive back, but still, the original mission was to find out what causes the worlds degradation and to fix it.

I loved Season 1, it was fast, well played, well written, with interesting characters, a surprise. Especially the concept itself elevated it from other time travel stories, since sending consciousnesses through time instead of matter, which would need a nearly infinite amount of power, simply made sense. We do that all the time by remembering. And my, was that (mostly) well done! Season 2, instead, went in the wrong direction. I fear it lost a lot of the audience. And when Simon came into the game, I was embarrassed because we had a mad, but genius time travelling engineer in Continuum, so, this character was completely copied from there. I did like Continuum though, but Kira’s constantly present “I wanna go home to my son”whining annoyed me, so I already may have had a bad feeling when MacLaren was announced to have a child.

Travelers made the same mistake as its protagonists; it got involved with too many details of our current world, losing the big picture that could bind us to the screen, waiting for every episode to reveal something terrifying and new. Which didn’t happen in the first eight episodes of Season 2, sorry!

Now with Agent MacLaren slapped in the face by his wife, that could be a proper allegorical conclusion, before the show gets a third installment that would ruin it completely. —Knotzers

I just love this show! Spoiler Alert: so, at the season finale, we see that both Simon and Vincent have taken over other bodies using the new machine that Simon has built. Assuming Simon built another machine just like the Director (since he built the first one in the future) does having a second machine now in the 20th century mean that the Director doesn’t exist? Will this machine replace the Director? Or do they both exist? Also, what will happen with Simon who has now replaced Vincent? Will he now assume some of the mad-man traits? Or is that purely 001’s traits? Can’t wait for Season 3! —Am

I have read and watched a lot of sci-fi and it’s normally quite difficult to let the plot holes and inconsistencies slide. On this show, I have been having difficulty spotting them. My only concern is that great sci-fi like this does not last more than two-three seasons (too much thinking involved for some folk). —John


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Comments and queries for the week of December 22

I was very disappointed with last night’s Murdoch Mysteries. A Ponzi scheme, an autopsy on a dog, [First Nations] against the white man, the death of a man, greed, Megan Fellows’ inconsistent accent, dismal ladies’ clothes, falsehoods. Acting was somewhat stilted. First time that I’ve been disappointed. Not very cheery storylines for this season. Looking forward to 2018. Thank you for all of the past entertaining shows. —Lynda

I’m not a regular viewer of Murdoch, but I enjoyed this episode immensely. Just the right balance of making a serious point and light-hearted fair. I hope the producers do more of these episodes. —John

I’m finally getting caught up and I must say, I’m sad to see Jackson go. I’m hoping this can be a turning point for Higgins, though (haven’t fully caught up yet so I have a few episodes to look forward to, to see if that happens). Finally, I like the new detective (felt like putting a positive in there given the negative above me). I like that he’s quirky. And I sadly have to admit that I think Jackson was a good choice for the victim. We had just started to like him but he wasn’t one of the core characters. His loss therefore stings but isn’t a show-ending sting. Good emotional play without being overwhelming. So happy that this show has remained so awesome over the years. Keep up the good work! —Graymalk

I wish I were in beautiful Canada right now. We in the U.S. will not get to see it! Merry Christmas to everyone connected with the Murdoch show. It is so much fun to just sit and relax and enjoy a family show that has become an institution. I hope it never ends! —Sue

The Director [on Travelers] obviously let a lot of things happen—if it didn’t want the program exposed, it could’ve overwritten the five travelers at any time before things got out of hand. Vincent claims the Director has no compassion but if it didn’t, why did it let our five travelers do what they did to save their loved ones? To smoke out Vincent? Because of the change in future due to the Travelers program being revealed, does it mean that the Director is no longer necessary and that humanity’s future is secure even though these five may have paid a price? I suppose that’s one ending if the show is not renewed anymore. But otherwise, I think the Director saw this coming and it decided to let it go for specific reasons. Maybe the travelers will be accepted and welcomed after all. —Ram

I have to say this program really hit its stride this season. Although I watched and enjoyed Season 1, I wasn’t really invested in the characters or the show until this season got going. The only bad thing about Season 2 is that it is going to be over soon! —Bridget

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